Sculpture donated to 'Wexfordonians'

Published 18/06/2013 | 05:42

A bronze sculpture by the internationally renowned artist Rowan Gillespie has been donated to the people of County Wexford.

The 7ft high sculpture entitled Solstice was designed and crafted by Gillespie in response to the new County Council buildings in Carricklawn.

It is set to become the flagship of Wexford's County Art Collection held by the local authority.

The sculpture will be unveiled at the County Hall this coming Friday, June 21 at 3 p.m.

The donation of the specially commissioned sculpture was made by the Harrington and Goltz families who have a longstanding relationship with the county.

The philanthropic gesture was facilitated by the Friends of County Wexford Art Collection.

Gillespie's work can be found throughout the world in public and private collections.

Familiar pieces include The Famine Series, a group of life-sized figures on Custom House Quay in Dublin and Aspiration, a figure climbing on the wall of the Treasure Building in the capital.

'Rowan is a remarkable sculptor and I can attest that Solstice will be a tremendous addition to our rich County Art Collection,' said County Arts Officer Sinead Barden.

Free monthly tours of the collection take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m.

Wexford People

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